Graduation Dress Guidelines

  • Evanston Township High School District 202 supports the right for expression of identity at the graduation ceremony. ETHS recognizes the importance of graduation and provides the following guidelines to help ensure that graduation is a positive and celebratory event for all graduates and their families. 

    General Information and Tips

    Graduating students and their families receive information each year about how to order the cap and gown to be worn at the graduation ceremony. 

    Guidelines for Graduation Dress

    1. Only school-issued cords, stoles, and medals are allowed.

    2. Religious-affiliated accessories are allowed.

    3. Cultural adornments may lie on top of the robe. 

    The ETHS Dress Code, as outlined in the Pilot handbook, applies to graduation attire. This means that graduation attire may not be decorated with any advertisement, symbols, abbreviations, initials, words, slogans, patches, or pictures/images that:

    • Are violent, obscene, vulgar, or lewd

    • Depict/suggest drugs, alcohol, vaping, weapons or paraphernalia (or any illegal item or activity)

    • Represent hate speech, profanity, pornography

    • Create a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or consistently marginalized groups

    • Reference any disruptive behavior that is detrimental to the safety and welfare of any person

    This is not an exhaustive list and any adornment or message deemed inappropriate or determined to pose a safety risk or distraction will not be permitted. 

    Remember, graduation is a formal event and ETHS respects freedom of religious and cultural expression. If you have any questions, please feel free to speak with an administrator.  

    The district reserves the right to remove a cap or request that graduates change before they are allowed to participate in the ceremony, if the cap decoration is inappropriate.